Sarah Palin is a lightning rod for media attention and over-analysis, for sure. And when she endorsed Fairbanks lawyer Joe Miller over incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska’s Republican primary, Palin haters sensed an opportunity to pounce — figuring a Murkowski win would let them downplay Palin’s ability to sway voters. It’ll be interesting to see reactions now that it appears Miller upset Murkowski in Tuesday’s election. With about 98 percent of the vote counted, Miller was clinging to a narrow lead over Murkowski, who was trying to win re-election to her second full term. There’s been bad blood between Palin and Murkowski since Palin beat Murkowski’s father, Frank, in the GOP gubernatorial primary in 2006. In the current campaign, Palin questioned Lisa Murkowski’s conservatism in backing Miller. No question, Murkowski was known as a moderate in Washington. If Miller’s lead holds, Palin certainly is due props — demonstrating a pull with voters worthy of respect.